Porsche Cup Oulton Park - 07/05/2001
Paragon cars wins Porsche Cup
Peter Chambers swept through to win the fourth round of the Michelin Porsche Cup at Oulton Park this afternoon (Monday 7 May). Chambers was racing his Porsche GT3 Cup with support from Paragon Porsche.
In fact, following an accident in the previous event at Donington Park, the car had been repaired in the bodyshop at Paragon’s workshops.
Chambers avoided early incidents that eliminated several front runners and then fended off the recovering Nigel Rice to win. Having taken to the grass on the opening lap, Rice battled back to take second from Robert Babikan. Kevin Harrison had to drive very hard to fend off Paul Mace to win class two while Ian Croft took class three honours.
The drama started at the first corner when Adrian Slater and Babikan touched. The contact spun Babikan’s car round and the rest of the pack then went all ways to avoid the spinning GT3 Cup. “I got into the lead.
Then I spun round and I could see all the field face to face,” said Babikan after some lucky avoidances. While Barbara Armstrong and Basil Demeroutis were eliminated, Rice was badly delayed as Slater and Chambers went clear at the head of the pack. However, into the second lap, Slater was in trouble. A legacy of the first lap contact was a damaged the radiator on his car and as Slater headed into Cascades for the second time water spilled onto a front tyre, sending him off the road and into the tyre wall. “I hadn’t even touched the brakes at that point,” said Slater.
All of this drama left Chambers with a big lead, as Rice set about fighting back up to second. Lap by lap the gap reduced and at the flag, Chambers was only 1.5 seconds ahead. “It all went my way but Nigel was coming back at me,” said Chambers. “I didn’t expect that today,” he added.
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